February 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM
DUNELLEN, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood ice hockey team, led by its seniors, overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to defeat the Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders, 4-2, on Senior Night, Sunday at the Rock in Dunellen.
A 9-4 victory over Gov. Livingston two nights later gave SPF its first two-game winning streak of the season. The Raiders have now won three of their last five games.
After an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring nine, four-year players and their parents, the senior Raiders went up against a gritty Johnson team.
Senior captain Tyler Hardgrove was a force right from the start in the victory over A.L. Johnson with his high-energy play, but it was junior John Bruckman who scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, off an assist from senior Eric Hogan. Bruckman also scored the fourth Raider goal, burying a high wrist shot and giving the Raiders a little breathing room.
The Raiders had a tough time staying out of the penalty box all night, and drew another one with just over two minutes left in the contest. Senior defensemen Stephen Deduck and Kurtis Wisniewski were up to the task until the Crusaders pulled their goalie, giving them a two-man advantage, and then it was senior goalie, Alex Montagna’s turn, making several game-saving stops in the final minute to cement the victory.
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Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.
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